“These are the best smartphones that won’t put a dent in your wallet”
The festival season is upon us and it’s a great time to buy a new phone. And if you’re looking for a budget-oriented smartphone, then we have listed down five handsets that are currently available to purchase in India and cost less than Rs 10,000. They are definitely some of the best value-for-money devices. Let’s begin.
The Realme 5 is a great all-round smartphone to buy this holiday season. It features a quad rear camera setup that consists of a primary 12-megapixel shooter, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, 2-megapixel macro lens, and another 2-megapixel depth unit. It also gets a large 5,000mAh battery, and is powered by the Snapdragon 665 chipset. The phone gets a maximum of 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ display and a tiny waterdrop notch, which houses a 13MP selfie camera. The device runs Android 9.0 Pie-based ColorOS 6.0 UI out of the box.
Related read: Realme 5 review
The Vivo U10 specifications are quite similar to the Realme 5. Just like the Realme phone, the U10 also comes equipped with the Snapdragon 665 processor, which can be configured with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It also packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. It comes with a 6.35-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch. Unlike the Realme 5 however, the U10 features a triple-camera setup with a 13MP main snapper, 8MP ultra-wide shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, an 8-megapixel sensor is available up front.
Samsung’s latest budget smartphone, the Galaxy M10s, is a great offering in this price segment. It comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with HD+ resolution and a tiny notch at the top. The handset is powered by the Exynos 7884 chipset, which is paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage. There’s a dual-camera setup on the back comprises a 13-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. The notch in the front houses an 8MP selfie shooter. The device packs a 4,000mAh battery and supports 15W fast charging. It runs Android 9.0 Pie with One UI on top.
The Redmi Note 7S from Xiaomi is the most affordable smartphone to feature a 48-megapixel primary sensor at the back. It comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a dot notch and is powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC. This chip is paired with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phone gets a 4,000mAh battery that supports fast charging. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well. For selfies, there’s a 13-megapixel sensor placed inside the tiny notch. Coming to the rear cameras, the phone gets a primary 48MP sensor from Samsung, which is paired with a 5MP depth-sensing unit.
The newest addition to the Motorola One family, the One Macro, gets a triple rear camera setup with one of the sensors allowing you to get macro shots, as its name suggests. It features a 6.2-inch HD+ panel with a waterdrop notch that houses an 8-megapixel sensor for selfies. The phone is fuelled by the MediaTek Helio P70 chipset that’s coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It ships with a 4,000mAh battery with support for 10W fast charging. The triple-camera array on the back includes a primary 13-megapixel sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth unit.
Related read: Motorola One Macro first impressions
If you ask us, the best smartphone in this list is the Realme 5. It offers a large display and battery, while not compromising on the cameras. We’d recommend the Vivo U10 next, followed by the Redmi Note 7S. That said, you can’t go wrong with any of these options.